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The best things to do in Coolangatta - Plan a Wonderful Experience

Located in the southernmost end of Golden Coast City, Queensland is the suburb of Coolangatta. With a mild and warm climate and great coastal features, Coolangatta is a great place for a vacation for anyone who wants to spend time on the beach.



Coolangatta is home to some of the world's most famous surf breaks. Attracting surfing enthusiasts from all around the world, the surfing experience of Coolangatta is truly one of the best things the suburb has to offer. Surfing sites such as Greenmount, Snapper Rocks, Coolangatta Beach, and Kirra, are among the best places to surf and are great for both pros and amateurs. The beaches are also home to many surf schools and surfing centres, so you don't have to worry about finding a surfboard or taking a tutorial on how to surf.


Diving Sites

The waters just beyond the coast of Coolangatta are home to some of the region's finest reefs. These reefs, brimming with marine life, make excellent diving sites. Three of the most popular diving sites of Coolangatta are the Cook Island Dive Site, the Nine Mile Reef, and the Kirra Reef. Cook Island is great for witnessing various corals, as well as turtles, stingrays, leopard sharks, leather jackets and pufferfish. The Nine Mile Reef is occasionally visited by whale sharks, hammerhead sharks and eagle rays, and also has many great coral formations. And Kirra Reef is home to a range of smaller species of fish.


The Beaches

Coolangatta is also home to some great beaches. With its moderate climate, the beaches are perfect for spending a day in the sun. Beaches such as the Coolangatta Beach, Kirra Beach and the Snapper Rocks Beach are pristine beaches which are truly blissful. With picnic tables, cheap food restaurants, and an enjoyable level of activity, these beaches are assured to keep you occupied. One can spend countless hours on these glorious beaches just chilling with a cocktail or soda or engage in all manner of beach sports and activities. The Oaks Calypso Plaza is a popular choice of accommodation in Coolangatta among many a Coolangatta resort in Gold Coast.


The Gondwana Rainforests of Australia

Located about 30 minutes from Coolangatta is the renowned Gondwana Rainforests of Australia. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is considered to be one of the most important rainforests in the world, displaying remarkable examples of the biological evolutionary process, ecosystems, and geological and biological processes. This rainforest is said to be thousands of years old and provides stunning scenic beauty. With is amazing natural features, blissful ambience, and remarkable beauty, the Gondwana Rainforests are an attraction of Coolangatta that is sure to give you an experience with nature that truly will be memorable.


Coolangatta Arts and Crafts Market

Taking place on every second Sunday of the month, the Coolangatta Arts and Crafts Market is a great place to experience and understand the lifestyle and culture of the people of Coolangatta. With over 150 stalls selling a vast range of items, such as crafts, art, handmade clothes & jewellery, fresh produce, baked goods, food, and preserves, this arts and crafts market is a pleasant and lively affair where you can purchase some great souvenirs for yourself. It is also a great place to meet new people and interact with the locals. So, if you are in Coolangatta during the Arts and Crafts Market, head over to Queen Elizabeth Park and enjoy this unique gathering.